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The returning graduates with Masters degrees are not finding jobs

The Ministry of Higher Education and successive PLD governments have spent millions on funding scholarships for Dominicans to study abroad. But the sad story, as reported in El Día, is that too many of the returning graduates with Masters degrees are not finding jobs. They are being told they are “overqualified.”

El Día reports that from 2005 to 2016, the Ministry of Higher Education (Mescyt) has awarded 17,013 international masters or doctoral scholarships and 1,615 undergraduate scholarships for study abroad. In the first year of the program, the Mescyt issued 403 scholarships. By 2016, this had increased to 2,424.

Most of the students study in Spain, the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, France, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. There are also scholarships to Germany, Sweden and even the Czech Republic.

Former Minister of Education Yvelisse Prats told El Día that the problem is a surplus of young people looking for the few jobs that are available. She said the government has not created the conditions for enough decent jobs. She believes that the government should regulate the scholarships so they are in line with the present and future demands of the work market. She says the private and public sector should work together to create jobs.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Oct 7, 2016

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